People

Staff

Austin Hendy

Collections Manager
University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. 2007
Invertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Floor NHM
ahendy@nhm.org
213-763-3377

Austin Hendy is Collections Manager of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. In 2007, he obtained his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, and Florida Museum of Natural History. An author on numerous scientific papers, he has conducted research in many parts of the world, but especially tropical South America. There he studies the biodiversity, biogeography and paleoecology of Cenozoic mollusc faunas. He is also interested in bioinformatics and the application of natural museum specimens and data for K-12 education. His publication list is available here:

 

Kathryn Estes-Smargiassi

Assistant Collections Manager
University of Florida, M.A. 2015
Invertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Floor NHM
310-851-4764

Katy Estes-Smargiassi is Assistant Collections Manager of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum (NHM) of Los Angeles County. In 2015, she obtained her masters degree from the University of Florida in Museology, with a concentration in Paleontology. She has experience in collections digitization, and exhibit design and construction. Her research has included the implementation of new databasing platforms, Triassic ichnofossils, and Jurassic dinosaur paleontology and taphonomy. She leads our day-to-day digitization efforts, and schedules and trains our growing team of student interns and volunteers.

 

Lindsay Walker

Collections Assistant
University of Colorado, M.S. 2015
Invertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Floor NHM
310-851-4764

Lindsay Walker is a Collections Assistant for Invertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum (NHM) of Los Angeles County. In 2015, she obtained her master’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in Museum and Field Studies with a concentration in paleontology collections management.


Emeritus Staff

Mary Stecheson

Collections Manager
California State University, Northridge, M.S. 2002

Mary Stecheson joined the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology in 2003. She completed a Master’s Degree in geology from California State University, Northridge, studying Late Cretaceous gastropods from the Simi Hills in Southern California. Between 2003 and 2014, she was responsible for cataloging and curating the Department’s extensive holdings of Pleistocene fossils from the West Coast of North America, under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Her publication list is available here:

Edward C. Wilson

Curator Emeritus and Research Associate
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. 1966

Edward was Invertebrate Paleontology curator from 1967 to 1994. He was responsible for consolidating a number of the major invertebrate fossil collections of Los Angeles. These included the core LACM collection and those of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. His major research work described Permian age corals of North and South America. Secondary papers were about some mollusks (rostroconchs, gastropods, cephalopods, bivalves), miscellaneous other fossils, Recent reef corals of Mexico, and a variety of related subjects. His publication list is available here:


Research Associates

LouElla R. Saul

University of California, Los Angeles, M.S. 1984

Prior to joining the Invertebrate Paleontology staff in 1985, LouElla Saul taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and maintained their invertebrate fossil collections. These large collections were moved to the Natural History Museum in 1985, and Ms. Saul became Collections Manager in the Department. She became a Research Associate in 1992, after retirement, and continues to study Cretaceous and Paleocene mollusks. Her publication list is available here:

Richard L. Squires

California Institute of Technology, Ph.D.

Richard Squires is Professor of Geology at California State University, Northridge. His research focus is on the paleontology and biostratigraphy of Late Cretaceous and early Cenozoic gastropods and bivalves from the Pacific slope of North America. His publication list is available here:

Robert J. Stanton

California Institute of Technology, Ph.D.

Bob Stanton joined the Museum as a Research Associate in 2000 after retiring from Texas A&M University. He is continuing his research into the Neogene biota of western North America. Bob’s publications list is available here.

John Alderson

California State University, Northridge, B.S.

John’s main research interests are: Cretaceous ammonites of California and the west coast, Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Santa Monica Mountains, Miocene mollusks of the Santa Monica Mountains, and detailed mapping of Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Miocene rocks of the Santa Monica Mountains. John Alderson’s publications list is available here.

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